Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in North Carolina in January 2018
In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific
information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch
which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.
Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or
update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
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North Carolina: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Asheville residents can place trees at
the curb for regular brush collection. Please remember to remove
lights, ornaments and stands. Christmas trees can be dropped off for
recycling at the following locations:
Buncombe County Landfill (85
Panther Branch Road
Private Yard Waste Facility.
general Sanitation questions:
or call Office: (828) 259-5857.
- The Town collects Christmas trees at no
charge through the drop-off location and curbside pick up. The Town
of Cary offers citizens two options for disposal of Christmas trees
at no charge:
Curbside Collection. The Town will pick up
Christmas trees and vegetative material such as wreaths and garlands
as part of regular curbside yard waste collection. To ensure
collection, please remove all non-vegetative material (lights,
tinsel, wire, ornaments, stands, etc.) and place Christams trees and
other vegetative material with your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m.
on your regular collection day. Please keep trees up on the curb and
all yard waste out of the roadway, away from fire hydrants and off
sidewalks and water meters.
Drop-off Location at Cary Citizen's
Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave. (Off of West Chatham Street in
downtown Cary, west of Harrison Avenue and east of Old Apex Road).
Turn off of West Chatham Street onto Dixon Avenue and follow to the
end. Convenience center will be on the left. Please leave
trees in the designated yard waste area any time of the year during
regular operating hours.
For more information,call the
Public Works Department at (919) 469-4090.
Chapel, Hill, NC
- Christmas trees are collected on the regular
yard waste collection schedule. All decorations and tinsel should be
removed before placing trees at the curbside. Residents of apartment
complexes should place trees in designated areas alongside the
dumpsters but not inside them.
- Beginning January 5, Solid Waste Services will
begin collecting natural Christmas trees for Charlotte residents as
part of regular yard waste collection. Artificial trees must be
scheduled for bulky item collection by calling 311 (704.336.7600) or
. To ensure your Christmas tree is
collected, please remember to: Remove all decorations, Place trees
curbside for collection by 6:30 am on your scheduled collection day.
Schedule bulky waste collection for artificial trees by calling 311
or online. If you live in a multi-family community (apartment,
townhome, condo, etc.) on the City's multi-family contract, please
call 311 to schedule collection of your Christmas tree. For more
information on Curb It! collection services, visit
Christmas tree pickup.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Durham County, North Carolina
- residents with a current
solid waste decal can bring their trees, beginning Wednesday, December
26, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to the following locations. The sites
will close on New Year's Day, and reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.:
Highway 55, Alexander Drive
Rougemont, Bill Poole Rd. Highway 501
Bahama, Quail Roost Road, Ball Road
Redwood Road., Electra
- Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree Pickup The City of
Fayetteville will collect live trees from Fayetteville city
residents in a special tree pickup beginning Monday Jan. 8, 2018.
Pickups are separate from yard waste, trash or recycle pickups and
city residents should put their trees out for curbside collection by
the morning of January 8. All lights, stands and trimmings should be
removed from your tree. If you live outside the City or miss the
pickup, you may drop your tree at the Fayetteville Community Garden,
located at the corner of Van Story and Mann Street just off Old
Wilmington Road any day before January 13. PWC and DEP volunteers
will grind them into mulch at the Grinding of the Greens which
begins at 8:30 am at the Community Garden on January 13.
- Christmas trees are collected on
your regular trash collection day.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Be sure to:
Place tree at the curb by 7 am
Remove all lights,
ornaments, wire, tinsel, and tree stands
Trees that are over five
feet tall should be cut in half or into manageable segments
Residents in apartments and condominiums should contact their
complex manager or homeowners association regarding tree removal
options. Do not place trees in a trash or recycling dumpster. State
law requires all yard waste, including Christmas trees, to be
disposed of separately from other materials. Trees may also be
disposed of at the City's landfill, but normal yard waste disposal
fees apply. Guilford County has three drop-off sites for Christmas
1. Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Rd.,
Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Highway
61, take County Farm Road then turn right onto Howerton Road. The
drop-off point is one-quarter mile on the right. Call 336-449-4720
for more information.
2. Piedmont Triad Farmers' Market, off I-40
at Sandy Ridge Road. Open 6 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Call
336-605-9157 for more information.
3. Tabernacle United Methodist
Church, behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and
Methodist roads. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Guilford County, NC
- provides free,
convenient drop-off sites for live Christmas trees. The sites are
open from just before Christmas (in case you celebrated early!)
through January 15th. There are a few pointers to remember:
Please remove all lights, decorations, bags, stands and covers from
trees before dropping them off to be recycled.
- Wreaths, garland
and artificial trees are not accepted. These items are made with
wire and staples that make them unsuitable for the chipping
Guilford County residents and businesses can drop off
their Christmas trees for recycling at three sites:
County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. From Highway 61, take County Farm Road then
turn right onto Howerton Road. The drop-off point is 1/4 mile on the
right. (Call 641-2630 for more information.)
- Piedmont Triad
Farmers' Market, off I-40 at Sandy Ridge Road, Greensboro. Open 6
a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. From the entrance to the market,
follow the signs to the drop-off site. (Call 605-9157 for more
- Tabernacle United Methodist Church, behind the
ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and Methodist Roads. Open 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
Some towns and cities in Guilford
County provide residential curbside collection of Christmas trees:
- The City of Greensboro collects trees curbside. Be sure that you
conform to the city's yard waste collection procedures to take
advantage of this service. Call 373-CITY for more information.
The City of High Point collects trees curbside through January 31st.
Call 883-3111 for more information.
- Jamestown residents also
have curbside tree collection available. Just place your tree out
with your trash on your regular pick-up day. Call the town hall at
454-1138 with questions.
- Residents of the Town of Gibsonville
may put their trees out at the curbside for collection during their
extra pick-up weeks. If you have questions, call the town hall at
- Christmas Tree Recycling takes
place in the parking lot of Field 6 at Jackson Park on a Saturday in
early to mid January; but the trees may be dropped off earlier at
the location. Tree mulch will be given away to anyone who wants it.
Please remember to bring a bag or tarp because the mulch will have
Mecklenburg County, NC - Mecklenburg County Solid Waste
will recycle your tree for free (through Jan. 23), and turn it into
useful mulch for sale. If you live within Charlotte city limits,
place your tree by the curb on your regular yard waste collection
day for pickup. Make sure all decorations have been removed. If
you’re not sure of your regular yard waste collection day, check out
the GeoPortal and enter
your address, then click the “Services” tab. If you have an
artificial tree you want to dispose of, you can schedule a
bulky-item pickup by calling 311.
Mecklenburg County residents
can drop their trees off at one of our full-service recycling
centers, or check with your town or waste service provider to see if
tree collection is offered. Trees can be dropped off at the
following full-service recycling centers:
- North Mecklenburg
Yard Waste Facility, 12300 N. Statesville Road
- Compost Central
Mulch and Composting, 5631 West Blvd.
- Hickory Grove Yard Waste
Facility, 8007 Pence Road
- Foxhole Yard Waste Facility, 17131
Pender County, North Carolina
- The Town of
Topsail Beach will be collecting Christmas trees through the first
few weeks of January. Trees can be dropped off at the corner of
Davis and Anderson Street. To find out if a beach town near you is
collecting trees for dune stabilization, call their public utilities
department or check their website.
- residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the
following convenience centers. Recycle your Christmas tree to mulch trails at Wake County Parks. Drop
off your undecorated holiday trees at designated locations from December
26 until January 28 (2018),. Drop off locations:
Wake County Convenience Centers - Hours: 7 days a week - 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Wake County Parks - Hours: 7 days a week - 8 a.m. until sunset
Remember to recycle your holiday waste! The following items can be recycled at any Wake
County Convenience Centers
Out with the old, in with the new!The following items can be recycled at any Wake
County Multi-Material Recycling Facility
- Aluminum, Glass, Paper, Plastic
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Chipboard (paper roll tubes, cereal boxes, etc.)
- Clothing & Shoes
- Holiday Cards
- Magazines & Catalogs
- SBS Board (shirt boxes, etc.)
- Scrap Metal
- Wrapping Paper (no foil)
- ....and more
- Baby Strollers
- CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes
- Cell Phones
- Child Car Seats
- Clothing & Shoes
- Computer Equipment
- Rigid Plastics
If you are a City of Wilmington solid waste customer, the city will
recycle your Christmas tree. Simply make sure all decorations and
lights have been removed from the tree and put it curbside with any
other vegetative debris on your normal service day for city yard
waste crews to recycle. Do not place the tree near any storm drains,
and be sure it does not block access to any sidewalks. Remember to
have all items curbside by 7:30 a.m. on your normal pickup day for
And city customers who have excess recycling can always
place it in a box, bin or paper bag and set it beside the regular
recycling bin and it will be picked up. Please break down and
flatten cardboard boxes. Foil wrapping paper is NOT recyclable, but
all other wrapping paper may be recycled.
Please call the
City Solid Waste Division at 910.341.7875 if you have any questions,
visit the Solid Waste page for more information
- Recycle your Christmas tree!
Single-family homes inside the city limits can place trees by the
curb for regular brush pick-up. Citizens may also take their tree to
locations for collection.